The State – 02/02/23

Rachel Fulton

Today’s weather forecast is predicting sunny skies during the morning and then overcast in the afternoon with a high of 32 degrees and a low of 3 degrees.

Faculty and student committee demand social-consciousness, transparency from MSU’s investments

MSU’s University Council, a legislature of faculty and student representatives, passed a resolution Tuesday demanding the university center ethics and social-consciousness in its investments.

The resolution asked that the board committee charged with investing MSU’s $4.4 billion endowment meet publicly and be more transparent about its decisions. The resolution is non-binding; MSU’s board could vote on adopting it, or ignore it altogether.

The resolution follows years of activism protesting the MSU’s nearly $90 million fossil-fuels investment portfolio. MSU has repeatedly argued that divesting those funds would lead to breach-of-contract litigation, possibly ending in the university paying more to the oil and gas companies than if they let the investments expire in 2031.

Despite the issue with the existing fossil-fuel portfolio driving the discourse, supporters of the resolution said it focuses on a more transparent and socially-conscious process and philosophy going forward – not any specific current or future investments.

The bill passed with support of 84% of the committee.

Critics of the bill said the resolution didn’t align with their intended priorities for the investment committee, arguing that socially conscious investments would provide smaller returns to the university.

No foul play suspected in Knob Hill apartment fire

The Meridian Township Fire Department concluded the investigation into the two fires at Knob Hill Apartments located in Okemos, which initially began on Dec. 21.

The department concluded the cause of the fire is undetermined. Meridian Township Fire Marshal Tavis Millerov said there was no sign of suspicious activity.

Both buildings, Knob Hill Apartments were determined to be a total loss and was torn down.

The origin of the fire was on a couch in a garden level apartment.

During recovery efforts, one person was found deceased, who was later identified to be Raymond Naseef, 52, of Okemos.

Two Okemos teachers who lived in the second building that caught fire, alerted many residents of the fire.

DB Khary Crump sentenced to probation and community service for tunnel incident

At a hearing at the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor Tuesday morning, redshirt sophomore defensive back Khary Crump was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service for the misdemeanor assault charges filed after the incident in Michigan’s player tunnel.

Out of the seven counts brought against Michigan State players involved in the incident, Crump’s was the only felony. His offense was reduced to a misdemeanor as he pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges. In the footage released of the Oct. 29 incident, Crump was seen using a helmet in the fight.

Crump’s record will be wiped clean if he completes probation, thanks to his sentencing under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Four of the other players charged with misdemeanor assault could have their charges dismissed, according to reporting from the Detroit News and MLive. Junior defensive back Angelo Grose, redshirt sophomore Itayvion Brown, senior defensive lineman Brandon Wright and redshirt junior defensive back Justin White all entered a diversionary program last week. The four could have their charges dismissed after working with the probation office. They are scheduled for another hearing on Feb 24.

The two other players charged with misdemeanors, freshman defensive lineman Zion Young and linebacker/defensive lineman Jacoby Windmon, have yet to enter the diversionary program.

Based on original reporting by Alex Walters, Hannah Holycross, Wajeeha Kamal and Alex Faber.